We’re getting closer to the end! This round is going to determine our Genre Champions and the Final Four – are you ready to get your vote on?
The Golden Compass and The Hobbit have been strong frontrunners for the whole race. Now these two giants square off – who will win, daemons or dwarves? Polar bears or wizards? Both books are rich with adventure and excitement, beautiful prose and memorable characters. I don’t know about you, but this is one choice I’m going to spend some time on.
While A Wrinkle in Time has been no slouch in this competition, I’m not sure what its chances are against a book that has won every poll so decisively there haven’t even BEEN any votes for its competitors. Ender’s Game has dominated this genre for sure, but I’m not willing to totally rule out L’Engle’s ode to the time/space continuum.
In the Entertainment Weekly poll that inspired this series, John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars was the runner up in the final round. Here, it lost by just one vote to Speak, the harrowing tale of teenage rape and victim blaming. Now, Speak squares off against another book that lost by a single vote, the sweet, emotional, and harrowing in its own way newcomer to the YA scene, Eleanor & Park.
Both of these polls sat at a tie for a long time until just recently – Treasure Island, a bit of a surprise for me, finally edged out over Code Name Verity while Persepolis triumphed over The Witch of Blackbird Pond. Now, pirates combat Marjane Satrapi’s black-and-white memoir in their own head to head of survival tales.